Long awaited logo upgrade for our Engineering Evil site

Long awaited logo upgrade for our site dedicated to global issues.

For those interested in the editing:

Cyberlink PowerDirector 13
Adobe After Effects (Cloud)
Video Blocks After Effects
Sound is 3 separate layered and spliced sound clips running simultaneously with modifications to the sound levels . Continue reading “Long awaited logo upgrade for our Engineering Evil site”

Meteor #2? Massive Flash Stuns Russian residents

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

An extraordinary bright orange flash has lit up the sky in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region in the Urals. While locals captured the massive ‘blast’ on numerous cameras, both scientists and emergency services still struggle to explain the unusual event.

Dark evening skies in the town of Rezh in Sverdlovsk region near Russia’s Ekaterinburg turned bright orange for some ten seconds on November 14, with the event being caught on several cameras by the locals.

A driver filmed the massive flash with his dashcam, later posting the video on YouTube, with more people commenting they’ve seen it too. Teenagers in the town of Rezh also filmed the phenomenon with a mobile phone.

Theories of what might have caused the “blast” appeared both on social and traditional media, with a new meteorite or military exercise in the region being among the top guesses. Regional emergency services said no accidents in connection with the event had been recorded. No sound of explosion has been reported either. Continue reading “Meteor #2? Massive Flash Stuns Russian residents”

Is that a Traffic Light on Mars?


Thursday, 25 September 2014
With the now increased traffic in the Red Planet’s region – since India’s satellite reached Mars’s orbit Wednesday – a traffic light might just be what’s been missing. And it didn’t take long for one to be discovered.

NASA’s Mars rover, the Curiosity, which has been exploring the planet for over two years, fitted with 17 cameras, sent a picture of something that looks much like Earth’s traffic lights.

The mobile robot submits plenty of curious pictures from the surface of Mars, which are on public display. This time it was a space enthusiast from the UK, Joe Smith, running an ArtAlienTV YouTube channel, who spotted a striking resemblance.

“I have been following the images from NASA since the start and I flick through them on the NASA website every day. I saw this one and I thought, ‘Hang on, that looks a bit strange.’ I think it looks like a traffic light,” Smith said of a stack of several large rocks from the footage. Continue reading “Is that a Traffic Light on Mars?”

Russian envoys outline plan to ‘take over world’ in unauthenticated tape of leaked conversation

EEV: No current validation, two video sources posted in case one goes down….

Crimea is just the start, warn ambassadors, in unauthenticated tape of leaked conversation

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 April, 2014, 1:34am

The Guardian in Moscow

A recording has surfaced online purporting to be a leaked conversation between two Russian ambassadors discussing which parts of the world they would like to annex after Crimea.

The five-minute recording, laden with expletives, has been posted on YouTube and claims to be a telephone call between Igor Chubarov, Russia’s ambassador to Eritrea, and Sergei Bakharev, the ambassador to Zimbabwe and Malawi. It has not been authenticated.

“We’ve got Crimea, but that’s not f****** all folks. In the future we’ll damn well take your Catalonia and Venice, and also Scotland and Alaska,” says the voice labelled as Chubarov.
Continue reading “Russian envoys outline plan to ‘take over world’ in unauthenticated tape of leaked conversation”

US judge rules Baidu has First Amendment right to block content / Political Censorship is now an editorial freedom

EEV: Political Censorship is now an editorial freedom

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 March, 2014, 11:58pm

Reuters in New York

Internet giant Baidu has won the dismissal of a US lawsuit by pro-democracy activists who complained that China’s most widely used search engine illegally suppressed political speech.

Eight New York writers and video producers had accused Baidu of creating search-engine algorithms, at the behest of Beijing, to block users in the United States from articles, videos and other information advocating greater democracy in China.

The plaintiffs in the case, which was heard in Manhattan, said this kept Baidu users from seeing their work, unlike users of other search engines such as Google and Microsoft’s Bing.

Continue reading “US judge rules Baidu has First Amendment right to block content / Political Censorship is now an editorial freedom”

NEED VALIDATION on false flag war – Set Up – with TURKEY and SYRIA


EEV: No way to validate the video currently. However the sex tape  ( maybe a decoy ) rumor is minor to a potential security leak of this scale. Please to not put any credence to this video, until there is valid confirmation.



English translation of recorded conversation between Turkish Foreign Minister, Chief of Intelligence, Deputy Chief of General Staff, and Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs about massive military aid to jihadist terrorists in Syria, black ops, and war plans to invade Syria, as well as the general disarray and goofiness in Erdogan’s Islamic dictatorship.

Erdogan and his corralled media have branded all those who distribute this video as traitors. That we are, traitors to his phenomenally profitable bribes and corruption business fueled by Gulf money that he reels in thanks to the heads he has chopped off in Syria. Continue reading “NEED VALIDATION on false flag war – Set Up – with TURKEY and SYRIA”

Turkey blocks Youtube

Thursday, 27 March 2014
English: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip E...

Access to video-sharing site YouTube has been cut off in Turkey, following a new leak of a government meeting compromising Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Other social media outlets have already been blocked ahead of a tumultuous election. Continue reading “Turkey blocks Youtube”

Turkey may ban Facebook and YouTube

 EEV: We have conflicting reports at one point he said he was, than he says no (according to the Irish Times, link below)

–  Turkey’s Prime Minister Suthep Tayyip Erdogan says these organizations encourage every kind of immorality and espionage for their own ends

March 07, 14:56


ANKARA, March 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Turkish authorities may ban Facebook and YouTube after March 30 local elections, Turkey’s Prime Minister Suthep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with ATV television channel broadcast late on Thrusday.

“We are determined on this subject. We will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook. We will take the necessary steps in the strongest way,” Erdogan stressed, adding that a possible ban on these online resources was included in prospective measures. “These people or organizations encourage every kind of immorality and espionage for their own ends. And there are no boundaries. Such concept of freedom is unacceptable,” he added.

Social networks have become a convenient platform for those who oppose Erdogan, as they can distribute compromising information about the leader via Internet, including wiretapped telephone conversations and corruption scandal details. Continue reading “Turkey may ban Facebook and YouTube”

NHS boss apologises for tweeting Hitler video mocking Government health database scheme

Sir David Nicholson posted a link to the film mocking Tim Kelsey and Jeremy Hunt

Antonia Molloy

Friday, 28 February 2014

NHS England chief Sir David Nicholson issued an apology on Friday after he tweeted a satirical Hitler YouTube video mocking Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and a senior colleague.

In a move that shocked health workers, Sir David posted a link to the film, which features scenes of Hitler in the movie Downfall with subtitles jokingly portraying Tim Kelsey, the national director for patients and information, as the Nazi leader.

The four-minute clip parodies the Government’s flagship scheme to create a controversial NHS database, which has raised concerns over privacy.

The video opens with Hitler being told via subtitles that “problems” have arisen because people have asked Parliament to investigate the “meaningless” care.data leaflets. Continue reading “NHS boss apologises for tweeting Hitler video mocking Government health database scheme”

Ukraine crisis: bugged call reveals conspiracy theory about Kiev snipers

 Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet tells EU’s Cathy Ashton about claim that provocateurs were behind Maidan killings

Continue reading “Ukraine crisis: bugged call reveals conspiracy theory about Kiev snipers”

Ukraine says communications hit, MPs phones blocked

By Pavel Polityuk and Jim Finkle

KIEV/BOSTON Tue Mar 4, 2014 5:39pm GMT


Cell Tower

KIEV/BOSTON (Reuters) – Ukraine’s telecommunications system has come under attack, with equipment installed in Russian-controlled Crimea used to interfere with the mobile phones of members of parliament, the head of Ukraine’s SBU security service said on Tuesday.

Some Internet and telephone services were severed after Russian forces seized control of airfields and key installations in Ukraine’s Crimea region on Friday, but now lawmakers were being targeted, Valentyn Nalivaichenko told a news briefing.

“I confirm that an…attack is under way on mobile phones of members of Ukrainian parliament for the second day in row,” the security chief told a news briefing. Continue reading “Ukraine says communications hit, MPs phones blocked”

YouTube to take down THAT anti-Muslim vid … over COPYRIGHT issues


Actor manages to do what angry hacktivists could not

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Image via CrunchBase

By       John Leyden   27th February 2014 12:01 GMT

Google has been ordered to remove an inflammatory anti-Muslim film from YouTube.

Clips from the low-budget Innocence of Muslims flick will be purged after an actress who appeared in the film obtained a court order. Cindy Lee Garcia says she was duped into participating in the movie, The Verge reports.

After receiving death threats, Lee Garcia went to law and succeeded in obtaining a temporary takedown order against clips of the film over alleged copyright violations.

Garcia was paid $500 for a minor speaking part in what she was led to believe would be a sword-and-sandals movie called Desert Warrior but her scenes were edited into the new film and overdubbed with the exceptional provocative line “Is your Mohammed a child molester?” Continue reading “YouTube to take down THAT anti-Muslim vid … over COPYRIGHT issues”

Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan allegedly spoke with his son about plans to hide 1.1 billion U.S. dollars worth of cash amid a massive anti-graft probe ( Engineers Confirm Authenticity Of Voice Recording Between PM, Son )

Highlights: EEV- This is just preliminary and not yet fully confirmed

– , Attila Özdemiroglu, a musician and recording engineer who was once the president of the Musical Work Owners’ Society of Turkey (MESAM), tweeted that this recoding has not been spliced together

– Another recording engineer, Erdem Helvacioglu, also released a statement on the recording that was made public on Monday evening, saying: “I have listened to the recording again and again. This recording is definitely authentic. As a recording engineer with a Ph.D., you can trust me.”

– Ali Büyük, wrote on his social media account on Tuesday that the recording is not spliced. He stated: “The recording is not spliced. You can test this recording via an ordinary plug-in analyzer.”

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Cover of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

– the Republican People’s Party (CHP), after matching the specific times when the phone calls were allegedly made and the sequence of events of Erdogan’s visit to Konya, said it was possible for him to have made the calls. CHP leader Kemal Kiliçdaroglu said on Tuesday the voice recording between Erdogan and his son is not a spliced conversation, responding to the controversy over the authenticity of the voice recording. Continue reading “Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan allegedly spoke with his son about plans to hide 1.1 billion U.S. dollars worth of cash amid a massive anti-graft probe ( Engineers Confirm Authenticity Of Voice Recording Between PM, Son )”

US official apologises to EU counterparts for undiplomatic language

EEV: Report contains profanity: Low impact story

Victoria Nuland reportedly said ‘F**k the EU’ speaking of Ukraine crisis, though department didn’t confirm it was her voice on tape

in New York

theguardian.com,     Thursday 6 February 2014 18.18 EST

Victoria Nuland and Viktor Yanukovych
Victoria Nuland, right, meeting the Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, in Kiev. Photograph: Markiv Mykhailo/Itar-Tass Photo/Corbis

The frustration of the Obama administration at Europe’s hesitant policy over the pro-democracy protests in Ukraine has been laid bare in a leaked phone conversation between two senior US officials, one of whom declares: “F**k the EU”.

Continue reading “US official apologises to EU counterparts for undiplomatic language”

Richard Simmons’ massive, eight-hour, $1.37 million Obamacare ad may spur audit.

– First off, I have respect for Richard Simmons

– Second I heard of this video a few weeks ago, but really had no clue had bad and insulting it was till I saw parts.

– I have little doubt his initial script was written for him, as it targets certain psychological insecurities amongst target populations. Although my favorite quote was ” Don’t think about it, just do it “

– Some of the crafters of affordable care, have a very skewed and corrosive view of their target population.

– Thank you to the Daily Caller for posting the initial video .

Gross Richard Simmons Obamacare ad may trigger audit [VIDEO]

Continue reading “Richard Simmons’ massive, eight-hour, $1.37 million Obamacare ad may spur audit.”

A British businessman has been forced to apologise after scathing Facebook comments he made about Singapore emerged online sparking a fierce backlash

British businessman receives death threats in Singapore over Facebook comments

–  “Daddy where is your car and who are all these poor people?”

–  “Ahhhhhhhhh reunited with my baby. Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me…!”

A British businessman has been forced to apologise after scathing Facebook comments he made about Singapore emerged online sparking a fierce backlash

Wealth manager Anton Casey was forced to apologise for his derogatory remarks Photo: Sax Rohmer

By Miranda Prynne, News Reporter

11:00AM GMT 22 Jan 2014

A British businessman has received death threats after calling Singapore commuters poor people on Facebook.

Not Socially Acceptable: NSA boss video ‘most hated’ on YouTube in 2013?

EEV: In all fairness to the NSA director, he is only an employee of the government. It is not appropriate he be the fall guy, unless he acted independently of his supervisors.

 Published time: January 01, 2014 10:32                                                                            

Director of the National Security Agency Gen. Keith Alexander.(AFP Photo / Alex Wong)Director of the National Security Agency Gen. Keith Alexander.(AFP Photo / Alex Wong)

A YouTube video in which NSA boss Keith Alexander tries “to set the record straight” on the agency’s spying antics has nosedived. The half-hour interview triggered a wave of criticism from users, branding it the “most hated” video on YouTube.

In the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations on the  massive espionage programs of the NSA, the spy agency has been  hard pressed to defend its reputation. Since the security leaks  emerged in May, the NSA has embarked on a campaign to clear its  name. As part of the push, the US Defense Department published a  video on YouTube in October seeking to justify the agency’s spy  campaign.

However, the video had far from the desired effect and has been  branded as one of the “most hated” videos of the year.  Out of the 187,833 people who have viewed the video up until now  16,407 have hit the dislike button, compared to a mere 300 who   “liked” the video.

Thousands of commentators also laid into the video, accusing the  NSA of brazen propaganda.

“This NSA interview is the most-hated thing on YouTube right  now,” said Google+ user Andy Sweet.

“How fearful are the NSA that they’re resorting to releasing  propaganda on YouTube. I’m sure all of the upvotes are bots or  shills,” wrote Kevin Willock in the comments section.

Other YouTubers also rounded into Alexander’s claims that the NSA  is indispensable in the fight against terrorism and to ensure  national security.

“So you believe Angela Merkel is an insurgent and a dangerous  terrorist, Keith?” chided one YouTube user, referring the  reports the NSA tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s personal  phone.

Read More: http://rt.com/usa/nsa-unpopular-youtube-video-049/

Tailored Access Operations (TAO) NSA Was Compromised Months Ago

EEV: Best Intel is always False Intel:

In response to a special request, here were the initial press leaks in regards to TAO

NSA Accessed Mexican President’s Email OCT 2013

Was ISRAEL behind the hacking of millions of French phones and NOT the U.S.?  Extraordinary twist in spying saga revealed OCT 2013

NSA Monitors Financial World Sept 2013 Continue reading “Tailored Access Operations (TAO) NSA Was Compromised Months Ago”

Global Arctic wars already started

 Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV commentator in Argentina.

  Published time: December 19, 2013 11:02                                                

RIA Novosti / Anna Yudina
RIA Novosti / Anna Yudina

Today’s globalized geopolitical grand chessboard often plays out in interestingly complex and roundabout ways. Such is the case of the on-going tug of war between the US, UK and EU on the one hand, and Russia and its allies on the other. Continue reading “Global Arctic wars already started”

Is your TV spying on YOU? It sounds like science fiction but many new TVs can watch you – telling advertisers your favourite shows or even filming you on the sofa. And there’s no off switch!

By  Guy Adams

PUBLISHED: 20:37 EST, 25  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 20:39 EST, 25 November 2013

You are sitting in bed in your pyjamas,  drinking a cup of cocoa. A loved one lies next to you, watching late-night  television. Pillow talk is exchanged. An alarm clock is set. Eventually the  lights are turned out.

Earlier, you sat on the living-room sofa  eating supper, before loading the dishwasher and heading  upstairs.

You have, in other words, just enjoyed a  perfectly normal night, in a perfectly normal home. The curtains are drawn, the  central heating turned up. It’s cosy, relaxing and, above all, completely  private. Or so you thought.

The truth turns out to be quite the opposite.  For on the other side of the world, people you didn’t know existed are keeping a  beady eye on your every move.

On the other side of the world, people you didn't know existed are keeping a beady eye on your every move 

On the other side of the world, people you didn’t know  existed are keeping a beady eye on your every move


These characters can see what clothes you  have been wearing and what food you’ve eaten. They heard every word you said,  and logged every TV show you watched. Some are criminals, others work for major  corporations. And now they know your most intimate secrets.

Continue reading “Is your TV spying on YOU? It sounds like science fiction but many new TVs can watch you – telling advertisers your favourite shows or even filming you on the sofa. And there’s no off switch!”

2 Saudi men arrested for offering free hugs

November 24, 2013 09:24                                                                            

Still from YouTube video showing Bandr Swed during his 'Free Hugs' campaign / Saudi Free B.HStill from YouTube video showing Bandr Swed during his ‘Free Hugs’ campaign / Saudi Free B.H

Two Saudis have been detained in the country’s capital for offering free hugs to passers-by. The local police arrested them for ‘indulging in exotic practices’ and offending public order.

One of the campaigners announced on Twitter that he would offer  free hugs to the public on Tahlia Street, a popular shopping area  in Riyadh. The men advertised free hugs on a placard, Al-Hayat  newspaper reported.

Continue reading “2 Saudi men arrested for offering free hugs”

Mystery traffic redirection attack pulls net traffic through Belarus, Iceland


There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.

By John Leyden

Posted in Security,  22nd November 2013 13:58 GMT

Tons of internet traffic is being deliberately diverted through locations including Belarus and Iceland, and intercepted by crooks or worse, security experts fear.

Network intelligence firm Renesys warns that victims including financial institutions, VoIP providers, and governments have been targeted by the man-in-the-middle attacks. It reckons the diversions are malicious, and probably pulled off by manipulating BGP routing tables.

BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) is a core routing protocol that maps out the connections for internet traffic to flow through, from source to destination. As things stand, BGP has no built-in security. Routers may accept dodgy connection routes advertised by peers, internet exchanges or transit suppliers.

These suspect routes, once accepted, can have local, regional or global effects. Routers look for the shortest logical path (the least number of hops, in other words) and place blind trust in any path that’s advertised. And the shortest logical path can take weird and wonderful physical geographical routes.

In 2008, changes by Pakistan Telecom intended to restrict access to YouTube solely within the country had the affect of briefly diverting ALL YouTube traffic into a global blackhole, rendering the site unreachable for hours. Two years later, China Telecom rerouted up to 15 per cent of the world’s internet destinations on two brief occasions, after advertising false BGP route information that directed traffic through its networks.

The Pakistan YouTube hijack was accidental, but security researchers have since demonstrated how the same techniques might be used to highjack or otherwise interfere with internet traffic. Renesys reckons this is just what’s been happening in cases it has monitored this year:

For years, we’ve observed that there was potential for someone to weaponize the classic Pakistan-and-YouTube-style route hijack. Why settle for simple denial of service, when you can instead steal a victim’s traffic, take a few milliseconds to inspect or modify it, and then pass it along to the intended recipient?This year, that potential has become reality. We have actually observed live Man-In-the-Middle (MITM) hijacks on more than 60 days so far this year. About 1,500 individual IP blocks have been hijacked, in events lasting from minutes to days, by attackers working from various countries.

Continue reading “Mystery traffic redirection attack pulls net traffic through Belarus, Iceland”

U.S. Media Consumption to Rise to 15.5 Hours a Day – Per Person – by 2015

New study issued by SDSC researcher with USC Marshall School of Business

A new study by a researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, says that by 2015, the sum of media asked for and delivered to consumers on mobile devices and to their homes would take more than 15 hours a day to see or hear. That volume is equal to 6.9 million-million gigabytes of information, or a daily consumption of nine DVDs worth of data per person per day.

So when do we have time to sleep or work if we spend every waking minute being exposed to myriad media?  The answer is that media delivered is not a measure of attention or comprehension of that media.

“One can actually have more than 24 hours in a media day,” explains James E. Short, the author of the latest “How Much Information?” report called “How Much Media? 2013 Report on American Consumers” and produced by the Institute for Communications Technology Management (CTM) at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. “As we increase the number of simultaneous media streams going into the home, and increase our multi-tasking behaviors, a lot of content assumes the role of background or secondary content streams. And as we increase our level of multi-tasking, we have to expect that total hours will grow even as the total number of physical hours a viewer can consume media will remain roughly constant. Moreover, this increasing level of multi-tasking is creating competition between media streams to be the dominant stream at any one time.”

While such a high rate of multiple-stream media traffic sounds overwhelming, the idea of us suffering sensory overload is not as dire as some may think, says Short, who is also lead scientist for SDSC’s Center for Large-Scale Data Systems Research (CLDS) as well as a CTM Visiting Researcher.

“While machines can always overload us, it’s more a question of, how can we design these systems to produce meaningful value? That’s the critical challenge as we speed further into the age of digitally-based information,” according to Short.

The record level of U.S. media consumption focuses on media consumed in and out of the home, excluding workplace media, between 2008 and 2015. It defines “media” according to 30 categories (e.g. television, social media, computer gaming). Information reported in the study was canvassed from several hundred data sources, including media measurement firms such as Nielsen, Arbitron, ComScore, investor and analyst firms, government sources, and foundation and research publications. Some highlights of the How Much Media? (HMM) report:

Growth between 2008 and 2012

  • U.S. media consumption totaled 3.5 zettabytes, an average of 33 gigabytes per consumer per day (One byte is one character of text. A gigabyte is 109 bytes. A zettabyte is 1021 bytes.). By 2012, total U.S. consumption had increased to 6.9 zettabytes – an average of 63 gigabytes per person per day. Put another way, if 6.9 zettabytes of text was printed in books and then stacked as tightly as possible across the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, the pile would be almost 14 feet high, according to Short.
  • In 2008, Americans talked, viewed, and listened to media, excluding the workplace, for 1.3 trillion hours, an average of 11 hours per person per day. By 2012, total consumption had increased to 1.46 trillion hours, or an average 13.6 hours per person per day, representing a year over year growth rate of 5 percent.

Looking ahead to 2015

  • By 2015, Americans are expected to consume media for more than 1.7 trillion hours, or an average 15.5 hours per person per day, again not counting workplace time. The amount of media delivered will exceed 8.75 zettabytes annually, or 74 gigabytes, which is equal to approximately nine DVDs worth of data sent to the average consumer on a typical day.
  • Mobile messaging hours, which in 2012 accounted for approximately 9 percent of voice call hours, will double to more than 18 percent of voice hours, a year-over-year growth rate of more than 27 percent.
  • Viewing video on the Internet averaged less than 3 hours a month in 2008; by 2012, viewing time increased to almost 6 hours a month, a year-over-year growth rate of 21 percent. By 2015, the report projects that Americans will be watching video for almost 11 hours a month, a compound annual growth rate of 24 percent a year.
  • From 2008 to 2015, total annual hours for users of Facebook and YouTube will grow from 6.3 billion hours to 35.2 billion hours, a year-over-year growth rate of 28 percent.

Media Consumption Trends

The HMM report also includes data on Americans’ media consumption dating back to the 1960s. During those decades, the supply of digital media measured in bytes has grown at compounded rates ranging between 6 and 30 percent each year. Growth in consumptive time, however, has been increasing at compounded rates ranging between 3 to 5 percent each year. The upshot: supply is driven by rapidly advancing device capacities and faster networks. Growth in consumptive time, however, is destined to continue its slow but steady increase. Constrained by human physical limits, including the length of a day, growth in consumptive time will never exceed a few percent per year.

The “How Much Media?” research program was sponsored by an industry consortium including Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Seagate Technology and Verizon Wireless. Lucy Hood, president and chief operations officer of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and Josette Bonte, CTM chief strategy officer and director of research, contributed industry guidance and program support.

Russian News Agency Shut Due to Swears

Screenshot rosbalt.ru/

By Benjamin Bidder

Russia’s media watchdog agency has forced the closure of the Rosbalt news organization because of two YouTube videos containing swear words. Russian journalists are furious, calling it the latest attack on freedom of the press.

Russia’s media watchdog agency has forced the closure of a news organization due to “obscene wording.” On Thursday, a court accepted the request by the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, or Roskomnadzor, and revoked the license of the Rosbalt news agency. The judges justified the decision by claiming Rosbalt had repeatedly used Russian swear words.

The head of the news agency, Natalia Cherkesova, and her employees are allowed to stay on for one month, in which they can appeal to the country’s top court. The closure will affect 60 editors and countless freelancers. Rosbalt, which is headquartered in St. Petersburg and is smaller than news agencies like Ria Novosti and Interfax, had become especially popular online.

Russian President Vladimir Putin criminalized the spread of swears in early April, when he approved a change to the country’s media law. The media watchdog agency sent warning letters to editors explaining that spreading swears represented a “misuse of press freedom.”

YouTube Videos Are Blamed

Rosbalt’s troubles stem from its coverage of two online video clips — one showing a scene after a car accident, the other an appearance by imitators of the band Pussy Riot. Both videos included swears that are indecorous, but not unpopular, in Russia. Like countless other media companies, Rosbalt posted the videos on its site. Although the Rosbalt editor had, as is normally the case, covered the swears with a beep noise, the media watchdog referred to the uncensored, original YouTube videos in court.

Press spokespeople were indignant at the closing of the news agency. The case would have “negative effects on the entire media landscape and on freedom of expression in Russia,” said Pavel Gusev, the editor-in-chief of the high-circulation Moskowskij Komsomolez tabloid. The attack on Rosbalt will not “improve the image of our country,” criticized Nikolai Svanidze, a TV journalist and biographer of ex-President Dmitry Medvedev.

The actions of the Russian censors could also further strain the already tense relationship with Berlin. Rosbalt editor Cherkesova is member of the steering committee of the German-Russian Petersburg Dialogue — a biannual meeting of politicians, businessmen and representatives from civil society, which aims to foster mutual understanding between the two countries. Traditionally, the working groups address German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Putin on the last day of the Forum. This means Russia’s president may need to listen to uncomfortable questions about Rosbalt when that happens.

And there are several such questions: The Rosbalt editors can’t understand why they were shut down when other news organizations were given, at most, a warning in similar cases. Rosbalt engages in independent journalism, but other newspapers and websites attack the Kremlin much more harshly. Compared to the audience of millions reached by the anti-Putin broadcaster Echo of Moscow, Rosbalt’s reach is small. It’s possible the organization is being weakened in advance of a hostile takeover.

Baffling Shutdown

It’s surprising that, of all news organizations, Rosbalt became the victim of the authorities. It is especially well connected to law enforcement and security agencies. After the anti-immigrant riots in the Moscow suburb of Biryulyovo in the middle of October, Rosbalt published exclusive reports with information from the security agencies, claiming the unrests were stoked and targeted.

Rosbalt’s strong ties to the security agencies have a familiar explanation: Rosbalt head Cherkesova is married to a former general. Like Putin, Viktor Cherkesov began his career in the Soviet secret service, the KGB, in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Cherkesov rose to become the Petersburg head of the Federal Security Service, FSB. When Putin moved into the Kremlin in 2000, he first made Cherkesov his representative in the northwest of the country, and then later the head of the powerful Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation, FSKN. Cherkesov fell into disfavor in 2007 when he brought conflicts into the public eye by speaking of a “war between the security agencies.”

When thugs stopped his wife’s car in early October and beat up the driver, it merely took a few phone calls for those responsible to be apprehended. In Russia’s most important northern city, General Cherkesov is still a famous man. But his influence is no longer strong enough to prevent the media watchdog’s attack on Rosbalt. As a representative for the Communists in parliament, today Cherkesov counts himself among the opposition.

Coffee consumption reduces risk of liver cancer / By over 40%

Contact: Aimee Frank media@gastro.org 301-941-2620 American Gastroenterological Association

Bethesda, MD (Oct. 22, 2013) — Coffee consumption reduces risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer, by about 40 percent, according to an up-to-date meta-analysis published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Further, some data indicate that three cups of coffee per day reduce liver cancer risk by more than 50 percent.

“Our research confirms past claims that coffee is good for your health, and particularly the liver,” said Carlo La Vecchia, MD, study author from the department of epidemiology, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri,” and department of clinical sciences and community health, Università degli Studi di Milan, Italy. “The favorable effect of coffee on liver cancer might be mediated by coffee’s proven prevention of diabetes, a known risk factor for the disease, or for its beneficial effects on cirrhosis and liver enzymes.”

Researchers performed a meta-analysis of articles published from 1996 through September 2012, ultimately studying 16 high-quality studies and a total of 3,153 cases. This research fills an important gap as the last meta-analysis was published in 2007, and since then there has been data published on more than 900 cases of HCC.

Despite the consistency of results across studies, time periods and populations, it is difficult to establish whether the association between coffee drinking and HCC is causal, or if this relationship may be partially attributable to the fact that patients with liver and digestive diseases often voluntarily reduce their coffee intake.

“It remains unclear whether coffee drinking has an additional role in liver cancer prevention,” added Dr.  La Vecchia. “But, in any case, such a role would be limited as compared to what is achievable through the current measures.”

Primary liver cancers are largely avoidable through hepatitis B virus vaccination, control of hepatitis C virus transmission and reduction of alcohol drinking. These three measures can, in principle, avoid more than 90 percent of primary liver cancer worldwide.

Liver cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world, and the third most common cause of cancer death. HCC is the main type of liver cancer, accounting for more than 90 percent of cases worldwide. Chronic infections with hepatitis B and C viruses are the main causes of liver cancer; other relevant risk factors include alcohol, tobacco, obesity and diabetes.



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Japan readies huge island war games amid YouTube PR push – Senkaku islands / Diaoyus ( Major Escalation )

By Shigemi Sato

National Oct. 24, 2013 – 05:20PM JST


Destroyers, fighter jets and 34,000 troops will take part in a huge exercise aimed at bolstering Japan’s ability to protect its remote islands, the government said Thursday, amid a territorial dispute with China.

The war games, which will include live-firing, come as Tokyo steps up its global PR campaign by posting online videos it hopes will swing world opinion behind its claims to two archipelagos that are disputed with China and South Korea.

The air-sea-land drill from November 1-18 will involve amphibious landings on the uninhabited atoll of Okidaitojima, 400 kilometers southeast of the main Okinawan island, a defense ministry official said.

Live-fire exercises involving destroyers and F-2 fighter jets will also be conducted, he said.

The island is a considerable distance from the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, which China also claims as the Diaoyus.

However, defense force chiefs are considering deploying short-range land-to-sea missiles on the island of Ishigaki, which lies 150 kilometers from the disputed islands, the Asahi and Fuji TV networks said. Both broadcasters said there were no plans to fire weaponry there.

Chinese state-owned ships have sparred with Japanese coastguard boats repeatedly in waters around the Senkakus since Tokyo nationalised three islands in the chain last year.

Beijing’s boats have frequently been warned off after sailing into waters Japan considers its preserve.

Fighter jets and warships from both sides have also been in the area on numerous occasions, leading some observers to warn of the danger of an armed conflict that could draw in the United States and have disastrous consequences for the region.

November’s drill is aimed at “maintaining and improving the joint operational abilities of the Self-Defense Forces in armed-attack situations”, the Self Defense Forces joint staff said in a statement.

It will feature “a series of actions in defending islands” including joint operations in island landings, it said.

There have been similar drills in the past, including one in November 2011 that involved 35,000 troops.

In November last year, U.S. and Japanese forces held a joint drill involving 47,400 troops, the vast bulk from the Japanese side. But they reportedly cancelled an exercise to re-take a remote island in a bid to avoid irritating China.

Since Shinzo Abe became prime minister in December, however, Japan has taken a more robust stance.

In its latest volley, the foreign ministry has produced two 90-second videos stating its case for ownership of the two disputed island groups and posted them on its YouTube site.

Both videos are currently only in Japanese, but the ministry plans to provide versions in 10 other languages including Chinese and Korean.

“We are also preparing three other short movies on the Senkaku islands and one on the issue of Takeshima,” a ministry spokesman told AFP, referring to a pair of islets that South Korea controls as Dokdo.

“The new ones will be just 30 seconds in length and we hope they will be watched by smartphone and tablet users.”

The ministry has earmarked 120 million yen this fiscal year for the films and creating a YouTube channel, he said.

“It is important that the international community obtain correct understanding over situations surrounding Japan including territories,” he said.

Beijing and Seoul reacted angrily to the move, with Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying repeating the assertion that the East China Sea islands belong to Beijing.

“Whatever propaganda tools Japan employs to support its illegal claim, it will not change the fact that the Diaoyu Islands belong to China,” she said.

“We strongly urge the Japanese side to correct its attitude, stop all provocative words and actions and make concrete efforts for the proper management and resolution of the question of the Diaoyu Islands.”

South Korea lodged a formal protest over the video, calling in a senior Japanese embassy official to register disapproval on Wednesday.

Foreign ministry spokesman Cho Tai-Young said the protest noted the Japanese government’s attempt “to undermine our sovereignty over Dokdo by spreading groundless claims over the internet”.

Japan’s latest move, officials say, is in part a reaction to advertising efforts by China.

Two-page color ads saying “Diaoyu islands belong to China” appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post last year.

(C) 2013 AFP



Saudi blogger detained for filming woman drive

Detained Saudi blogger sees momentum for women drivers


        Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY     12:26 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013

Saudi women plan a rolling protest through Riyadh and other cities Oct. 26 in defiance of a ban on women driving.


A Saudi female blogger who was detained last week for filming women driving through Riyadh says she believes a campaign to to let women drive— which will culminate in a rolling protest Oct. 26 — is gaining momentum in various levels of society.

Eman Al-Nafjan, who writes the blog Saudiwoman, was stopped by police while tweeting as she filmed a female friend behind the wheel.

She tells CNN that her concern over being stopped was eased when she saw that “police were smiling and easygoing, and their attitude was very positive. The police were really nice to us.”

Al-Nafjan says she was required to sign two documents, one saying that would no longer get into a car with a woman driving, and another that she would no longer film women driving.

When asked if she would adhere to the agreements, Al-Nafjan tells CNN that “it doesn’t matter whether or not I go out. This isn’t about me. This is a people’s movement. This is not about me. This is about many women.”

Women technically are not banned by Saudi law from driving, they are only prevented from getting Saudi driver’s licenses or using foreign licenses. Because of the ban, Saudi women must rely on male spouse, relatives or chauffeurs to provide transportation.

Last week in London, Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed support for Saudi women in their campaign, the Associated Press reports.

“I’m all for it,” Clinton said. “It is an issue that is symbolic.” She added that the ban is “hard to even rationalize” in today’s world.

Al-Nafjan tells The New York Times blog The Lede that even the officers who stopped them expressed their support for female drivers. She adds that the officers had only stopped them because of her live Twitter reporting on the protest drive.

On Monday, in a new twist, she posted on her Twitter account @Saudiwoman a video of a Saudi man teaching his mother to drive in Al-Qassim province.

The Oct. 26 driving protest through Riyadh and other Saudi cities is being promoted on the website Oct26driving.com. The petition, called “I support women drivers on 26 October 2013,” says:

Since there is no justification for the Saudi government to prohibit adult women citizens who are capable of driving cars from doing so, we urge the state to provide appropriate means for women seeking the issuance of permits and licenses to apply and obtain them.

There have been two major challenges to the driving ban in past three decades. In 1990, police cracked down on 47 female drivers, firing many of the protesters from government jobs and barring them from traveling outside the country. In 2011 a Saudi woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for driving, the Saudi blog Riyadh Bureau notes.

A larger protest by more than 50 women that same year, at the height of the Arab Spring, was largely ignored by police.

There are also indications that the once solid wall of opposition by the Saudi government and among ordinary Saudis is beginning to crumble, however slowly.

Sheikh Abdulatif al-Sheikh, the head of the morality police, recently told Reuters that there was no text in the documents making up sharia law that bars women from driving.

Last week, three female members of Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council introduced a recommendation to the body to lift the ban on women driving.

One YouTube video of  woman driving through Riyadh recently featured male drivers pulling alongside and showing a “thumbs up” sign.



Boy, 15, kills himself after ‘facing expulsion and being put on sex offender registry’ for STREAKING at high school football game

  • Christian Adamek hanged himself on  October 2 and died from his injuries two days later – a week after he streaked  at his high school football game
  • He was arrested and school district  recommended he face a court hearing
  • If convicted of indecent exposure, he’d  have gone on sex offenders list

By  Lydia Warren

PUBLISHED: 10:40 EST, 10  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:50 EST, 10 October 2013

A popular 15-year-old student  has committed suicide after he reportedly faced expulsion and being placed on  the sex offenders’ register simply for streaking at a high school football  game.

Christian Adamek, from Huntsville, Alabama,  hanged himself on October 2, a week after he was arrested for running naked  across the Sparkman High football field during a game.

The teenager died two days later from his  injuries and on Wednesday, friends and family gathered at a memorial service as  they struggled to comprehend the beloved student’s death.

A video of Adamek streaking during a game  against a rival team was posted on YouTube hours after the event and students  took to Twitter to call him a ‘legend’.

Loss: Christian Adamek, 15, hanged himself last week after he faced possible expulsion and criminal charges for streaking across his high school's football field during a game the week earlierLoss: Christian Adamek, 15, hanged himself last week  after he faced possible expulsion and criminal charges for streaking across his  high school’s football field during a game the week earlier

‘Sparkman’s new slogan is gonna be “Welcome  to Sparkman High School, Home of Christian Adamek”,’ one student  wrote.

But school staff did not treat the situation  so lightly.

Sparkman High Principal Michael Campbell told  WHNT a day  before the suicide attempt that the teen could face major repercussions because  of his actions.

‘There’s the legal complications,’  Campbell  said. ‘Public lewdness and court consequences  outside of school with the legal  system, as well as the school  consequences that the school system has set  up.’

Incident: Adamek, seen right, was filmed streaking across the school football field on September 27Incident: Adamek, seen right, was filmed streaking  across the school football field on September 27

In Alabama, indecent exposure is linked to  the state’s sex offender laws, meaning that he could have found himself on the  sex offenders register due to the streaking.

Campbell added that that the incident was not  just a prank and needed to be treated seriously.

Sparkman High administrators even recommended  that Adamek face a hearing in the Madison County court system to  determine if  formal charges would be filed, WHNT reported.

Adamek had also been disciplined by the  school district but the details had not been made public.

The day before the suicide attempt, the  principal had confirmed that Adamek was not at school and the teenager’s sister  suggested on Twitter that Adamek faced expulsion, AL.com reported.

Popular: After the streaking, fellow students called Adamek, pictured, a 'legend' but the school district took it far more seriously, recommending that he had a court hearing and disciplining himPopular: After the streaking, fellow students called  Adamek, pictured, a ‘legend’ but the school district took it far more seriously,  recommending that he had a court hearing and disciplining him

Missed: He is pictured with his mother, Angela, in his younger years. He also leaves behind a brother and sisterMissed: He is pictured with his mother, Angela, in his  younger years. He also leaves behind a brother and sister

Campbell declined to comment on Adamek’s  death but the Madison County school district issued a statement saying it had  ‘received word that a Sparkman High School student has passed away’.

‘Our prayers and thoughts are with the family  during this time of bereavement,’ the statement read.

The messages on Twitter have now turned from  congratulatory to somber.

‘Praying for the Adamek family. Christian was  so funny and nice. He will be missed by so many,’ one girl wrote.

The family – Adamek leaves behind his mother,  Angela, and a sister and a brother – shared photos and memories online of the  fun-loving teen, who was pictured posing and grinning at the camera.

At Wednesday’s memorial service, his Boy  Scout Troop master, David Silvernail, said Adamek was a popular teenager who  always had a smile on his face.

Questions: The principal of Sparkman High School in Harvest, Alabama has not commented on the suicideQuestions: The principal of Sparkman High School in  Harvest, Alabama has not commented on the suicide

‘There are two kinds of people in the world;  ones that brighten the room when they walk in and those that don’t,’ he  said.

‘He was one that brightened the room when he  walked in. That’s what I’ll always remember about Christian.’

His mother, Angela, thanked her son’s friends  and said they could learn from his life, AL.com reported.

‘Remember to smile, don’t be afraid to do  something goofy and remember the consequences of those actions, ask for help  when you need it, ask for help if you think your friends need it if you don’t  know what to do, be quirky, be happy, be smart,’ she said.

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UK bankers prep for cyberwar: Will simulate ATTACK on system


One-day op will test stock market, payment bods’ resistance to hackers

By John Leyden

Posted in Security,   8th October 2013 07:27 GMT

UK banks, the stock market and payment providers will undergo extensive stress tests in November that are designed to test their responses to cyber-attacks.

The exercise is designed to test the state of preparedness of the UK’s financial system in responding to cyber attacks, which are only growing more complex over time.

Operation Waking Shark 2 is due to take place in mid-November and will involve every high street bank taking part in a one-day “war game” featuring simulated cyber attacks designed to mimic the tactics of both state-sponsored hackers as well as cyber criminals, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The exercise comes two years after the Financial Services Authority ran the original Operation Waking Shark exercise.

Alex Mifsud, chief exec of payments firm Ixaris, said protection against cyber attacks needs to extend beyond simply making sure bank systems remain available in the face of a denial of service attack or similar high profile assault.

“Financial institutions now suffer cyber intrusions on a regular basis: we only have to remember the May arrests for the $45m that were stolen from ATMs around the world, or the £1.3m cyber theft against Barclays in April,” Mifsud said. “Organised and extensive stress tests on the cyber defences of the UK’s banks and payments service providers are therefore to be welcomed and will help ensure that successful attacks are minimised.”

“Besides the obvious physical and IT security, a sound cyber strategy should include training staff for ‘social engineering’ attacks (such as that perpetrated against Barclays in May), two-factor authentication to prevent password capture, maker-checker (whereby an individual employee / computer submits an action while another must approve it) for sensitive data entry such as changes in account ownership or large transactions, and external monitoring for unusual behaviour such as large transactions or high volumes of transactions in a given period that cannot be tampered with – even if the machine or process being monitored is compromised,” added Mifsud.

“While there is no silver bullet to protecting a financial institution from cyber attack, there are several best practice measures that can easily be applied to minimise risk.”

Ashley Stephenson, chief exec of Corero Network Security, referenced a series of DDoS attacks against US banks mounted by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters as part of what it dubbed Operation Ababil and supposedly motivated by the presence of that video on YouTube.

“In the past year we have seen several publicly visible examples of ‘hacktivists’ bringing down banking websites, but these incidents are just the tip of the iceberg,” Stephenson said. “The new cyber stress test initiative will help to identify areas of weakness within the participating banks IT security infrastructure, allowing them to be better prepared for real attacks.”

“We highly commend the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) for being proactive and ordering regulators to come up with “action plans” in the event of a cyber-attack by the first quarter of 2014,” he added.

Darren Anstee, a team manager at DDoS mitigation firm Arbor Networks, said that training exercise will help to identify security weaknesses.

“This initiative will help organisations to identify any weaknesses in their defences and operational procedures, and will help them to ensure that they are sufficiently prepared should a real attack arise,” Anstee commented. “Running regular exercises to evaluate incident response is hugely important. Any organisation can be a target for a cyber-attack, but banks are a particular target due to the very nature of their business and the key part they play in the economy.”

“Banks are targeted frequently, and with increasingly sophisticated multi-tool, multi-vector attacks; whether the attacks are motivated ideologically or for financial gain, the onus is on the financial industry to protect the availability and integrity of their systems – and they should be testing their processes frequently, on a per-organisation basis, to ensure this.

“One of the things which Operation Ababil has taught us, though, is that in some cases vulnerabilities are only uncovered when multiple organisations are targeted concurrently, and these larger exercises have a key part to play in identifying potential bottlenecks in networks and services,” he added. ®


Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/08/uk_banks_cyber_stress_test/

Does Obama know he’s fighting on al-Qa’ida’s side?

Tuesday 27 August 2013

‘All for one and one for all’ should be the battle cry if the West goes to war against Assad’s Syrian regime

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If Barack Obama decides to attack the Syrian regime, he has ensured – for the very first time in history – that the United States will be on the same side as al-Qa’ida.

Quite an alliance! Was it not the Three Musketeers who shouted “All for one and one for all” each time they sought combat? This really should be the new battle cry if – or when – the statesmen of the Western world go to war against Bashar al-Assad.

The men who destroyed so many thousands on 9/11 will then be fighting alongside the very nation whose innocents they so cruelly murdered almost exactly 12 years ago. Quite an achievement for Obama, Cameron, Hollande and the rest of the miniature warlords.

This, of course, will not be trumpeted by the Pentagon or the White House – nor, I suppose, by al-Qa’ida – though they are both trying to destroy Bashar. So are the Nusra front, one of al-Qa’ida’s affiliates. But it does raise some interesting possibilities.

Maybe the Americans should ask al-Qa’ida for intelligence help – after all, this is the group with “boots on the ground”, something the Americans have no interest in doing. And maybe al-Qa’ida could offer some target information facilities to the country which usually claims that the supporters of al-Qa’ida, rather than the Syrians, are the most wanted men in the world.

There will be some ironies, of course. While the Americans drone al-Qa’ida to death in Yemen and Pakistan – along, of course, with the usual flock of civilians – they will be giving them, with the help of Messrs Cameron, Hollande and the other Little General-politicians, material assistance in Syria by hitting al-Qa’ida’s enemies. Indeed, you can bet your bottom dollar that the one target the Americans will not strike in Syria will be al-Qa’ida or the Nusra front.

And our own Prime Minister will applaud whatever the Americans do, thus allying himself with al-Qa’ida, whose London bombings may have slipped his mind. Perhaps – since there is no institutional memory left among modern governments – Cameron has forgotten how similar are the sentiments being uttered by Obama and himself to those uttered by Bush  and Blair a decade ago, the same bland assurances, uttered with such self-confidence but without quite  enough evidence to make it stick.

In Iraq, we went to war on the basis of lies originally uttered by fakers and conmen. Now it’s war by YouTube. This doesn’t mean that the terrible images of the gassed and dying Syrian civilians are false. It does mean that any evidence to the contrary is going to have to be suppressed. For example, no-one is going to be interested in persistent reports in Beirut that three Hezbollah members – fighting alongside government troops in Damascus – were apparently struck down by the same gas on the same day, supposedly in tunnels. They are now said to be undergoing treatment in a Beirut hospital. So if Syrian government forces used gas, how come Hezbollah men might have been stricken too? Blowback?

And while we’re talking about institutional memory, hands up which of our jolly statesmen know what happened last time the Americans took on the Syrian government army? I bet they can’t remember. Well it happened in Lebanon when the US Air Force decided to bomb Syrian missiles in the Bekaa Valley on 4 December 1983. I recall this very well because I was here in Lebanon. An American A-6 fighter bomber was hit by a Syrian Strela missile – Russian made, naturally – and crash-landed in the Bekaa; its pilot, Mark Lange, was killed, its co-pilot, Robert Goodman, taken prisoner and freighted off to jail in Damascus. Jesse Jackson had to travel to Syria to get him back after almost a month amid many clichés about “ending the cycle of violence”. Another American plane – this time an A-7 – was also hit by Syrian fire but the pilot managed to eject over the Mediterranean where he was plucked from the water by a Lebanese fishing boat. His plane was also destroyed.

Sure, we are told that it will be a short strike on Syria, in and out, a couple of days. That’s what Obama likes to think. But think Iran. Think Hezbollah. I rather suspect – if Obama does go ahead – that this one will run and run.


Obama math: under new Common Core, 3 x 4 = 11 [VIDEO]

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Quick: what’s 3 x 4?
If you said 11 — or, hell, if you said 7, pi, or infinity squared — that’s just fine under the Common Core, the new national curriculum that the Obama administration will impose on American public school students this fall.In a pretty amazing YouTube video, Amanda August, a curriculum coordinator in a suburb of Chicago called Grayslake, explains that getting the right answer in math just doesn’t matter as long as kids can explain the necessarily faulty reasoning they used to get to that wrong answer.“Even if they said, ’3 x 4 was 11,’ if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer really in, umm, words and oral explanation, and they showed it in the picture but they just got the final number wrong, we’re really more focused on the how,” August says in the video.

When someone in the audience (presumably a parent, but it’s not certain) asks if teachers will be, you know, correcting students who don’t know rudimentary arithmetic instantly, August makes another meandering, longwinded statement.

“We want our students to compute correctly but the emphasis is really moving more towards the explanation, and the how, and the why, and ‘can I really talk through the procedures that I went through to get this answer,’” August details. “And not just knowing that it’s 12, but why is it 12? How do I know that?”



Edward Snowden predicts catastrophic and ‘inevitable solar tsunami’

 EEV: Would like 2nd confirmation on the extent of this claim.  It appears to conflict with Snowden’s current behavioral goals of asylum and survival.



Edward Snowden predicts catastrophic and 'inevitable solar tsunami'

Screenshot: YouTube/toxoid

Edward Snowden, a former CIA agent, has predicted that series of solar flares is set to occur in September of 2013, killing hundreds of millions of people.


 The documents collected by Snowden offer proof that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) learned about the existing threat 14 years ago.

 Ever since the world’s governments have been working secretly since, to be well prepared for what could be termed as “Solar Apocalypse”.

 Speaking from his room at the Sheremetyevo Airport’s hotel, Snowden said that the government has been working hard to be well prepared for September’s catastrophic solar flares, which can be fraught with fatal consequences, as scientists said – they can lead to the death of mankind.

 The Central Intelligence Agency learned about the existing threat as long ago as 1999, but according to the government’s decision, this information was immediately made secret.

 The documents collected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said how terrible the solar flares’ results will be: two months will be needed for mankind to become non-existent.

 Ever since the late 20th century, hundreds of millions of people have begun to rely on technological automation to enable their very lives.

 Solar flares release electromagnetic pulses, hazardous to electronic circuits. The smallest electronic circuits, such as those in computers’ central processing units, will be the most vulnerable.

 Snowden said FEMA and the National Disaster Reduction Center of China have been taking steps for 14 years in light of the findings of Project Stargate.

 FEMA’s own documents, provided by Snowden, lay out how the organization plans to round up tens of millions of the poorest Americans for housing at secure locations “to better facilitate feeding and provision of consumer goods.”

 “The massive electromagnetic pulse from the solar flares, or ‘the killshot,’ will shutter most of the world’s electrical systems,” said Snowden.

 “The Americans whose lives are most at risk are the elderly and the infirmed, those who depend on technology to enable their receiving home care or life-sustaining medical treatment.”

 Humanity is about to pay a most dire price for its technological dependence.

 That price, said Snowden, proved a leading factor in his decision to come forward to the press – about both the global Holocaust to ensue, as well as NSA analysts’ power, on the slightest whim, to listen to the phone calls of any person on earth. Mankind has the right to know what it will expect in the future, no matter how dreadful it will be.

 Voice of Russia, Internet Chronicle


Antihypertensives linked with increased breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women

Contact: Kristen Woodward media@fhcrc.org 206-667-2210 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Calcium-channel blockers in particular are associated with significantly increased risk

SEATTLE – Older women who take certain types of medication to combat high blood pressure may be putting themselves at greater risk for developing breast cancer, according to a new study by a team of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists led by Christopher Li, M.D., Ph.D. The study is the first to observe that long-term use of a class of antihypertensive drugs known as calcium-channel blockers in particular are associated with breast cancer risk. The team’s findings will be published online Aug. 5 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Antihypertensive drugs are the most frequently prescribed type of medications in the United States, with more than 678 million prescriptions filled in 2010, nearly 98 million of which were for calcium-channel blockers.

Despite widespread and often long-term use of these drugs, studies and evidence linking antihypertensives to breast cancer have been sparse and inconsistent.

“Because hypertension is a chronic condition, most people with high blood pressure use antihypertensive drugs chronically and will often stay on the same regimen for long periods of time,” said Li, head of the Translational Research Program and member of the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutch. “Characterizing their potential associations with the most common cancer in women is an important clinical and public health issue, particularly with the increasing availability of alternative options to manage hypertension.”

In addition to calcium-channel blockers, other classes of antihypertensive drugs include angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin-receptor blockers, beta blockers and diuretics. Combinations of such drugs are also prescribed. “Each drug has different potential benefits as well as side effects,” Li said. “Choice of which regimen a patient is given depends on their tolerance of medication, other conditions, and whether their hypertension can be managed by a single drug or requires a combination of drugs.”

The purpose of the Hutch study was to assess the relationship between the major classes of antihypertensive drugs and risk of the two most common histological types of breast cancers in the United States: invasive ductal carcinomas, which represent approximately 70 percent of all breast cancers; and invasive lobular carcinomas, which represent an estimated 20 percent.

The study’s key finding was that women currently taking calcium-channel blockers who have used them for 10 years or longer had an approximately two and a half times higher risk of both invasive ductal and invasive lobular cancers compared to those who never used such calcium-channel blockers and compared to users of other forms of antihypertensives.  In contrast, the study found that use of other classes of antihypertensive drugs, including diuretics, beta blockers and angiotensin-receptor blockers, were not associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, even when used long term.

Li’s team interviewed 1,763 study participants, all between the ages of 55-74 from the Puget Sound region, including 880 with invasive ductal cancer, 1,027 with invasive lobular cancer, and 856 cancer-free controls. Participants were interviewed in person to establish detailed histories of hypertension and heart disease, as well as risk factors for cancer, including family history, obesity, smoking and alcohol use.  Through a series of structured questions, researchers also gathered detailed data regarding use of antihypertensive drugs, including beginning and end dates of use, drug names, dose, route of administration, pattern of use and indication.

While calcium-channel blockers in particular appear to have an implication for increased cancer risk in cases of long-term use, the drugs have a broad spectrum of physiological effects, and more research will be required to understand the underlying biological mechanisms potentially responsible for the added risk. Calcium-channel blockers function by regulating the influx of calcium into muscle cells, decreasing arterial resistance and heart muscle oxygen demand. Some hypothesize that these drugs may increase cancer risk because they inhibit programmed cell death, or apoptosis, but supporting evidence is lacking.


The National Cancer Institute funded the study.

Editor’s note: Please contact Kristen Woodward, Fred Hutch media relations, to schedule an interview. To obtain a copy of the JAMA Internal Medicine paper, “Use of Antihypertensive Medications and Breast Cancer Risk Among Women 55-74 Years of Age,” please contact the journal at 312-464-5262 or mediarelations@jamanetwork.org.

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Malaysian woman, 38, arrested after Muslim outrage over video showing her performing religious rites on her dogs

  • Clip  features Maznah Mohd Yusof, 38,  celebrating the Eid al-Fitr  festival
  • Video shows woman washing her dog’s legs and  feeding them biscuits
  • Investigated on suspicion of causing  disharmony on religious grounds
  • Arrested last Wednesday and taken into  custody before being released

By  Mark Duell

PUBLISHED: 10:16 EST, 4  August 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:16 EST, 4 August 2013

A video showing a woman performing a washing  ritual on her pets has been branded  ‘anti-Islamic’.

The controversial two-minute YouTube clip  features dog trainer Maznah Mohd Yusof, 38, celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival  – known as Hari Raya in Malaysia, where it was filmed – washing her dogs’  legs.

It also shows Maznah walking near a mosque  and feeding biscuits to her pets and appeared on the Facebook pages of several  Islamic non-governmental organisations, prompting police to take  action.

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Controversial: The two-minute clip features dog trainer Maznah Mohd Yusof, 38, celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival - known as Hari Raya in Malaysia, where it was filmed - washing her dogs' legsControversial: The two-minute clip features dog trainer  Maznah Mohd Yusof, 38, celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival – known as Hari Raya  in Malaysia, where it was filmed – washing her dogs’ legs

Wiped down: Maznah was investigated on suspicion of causing disharmony on grounds of religion and arrested on Wednesday before being taken into custody in Kuala Lumpur and released on bail on FridayWiped down: Maznah was investigated on suspicion of  causing disharmony on grounds of religion and arrested on Wednesday before being  taken into custody in Kuala Lumpur and released on bail on Friday

Maznah was investigated on suspicion of  causing disharmony on grounds of religion and arrested last Wednesday and taken  into custody in Kuala Lumpur, before  being released on bail last  Friday.

It has been suggested that she could face up  to five years in prison if charged and found guilty. But Maznah has claimed the  video was filmed in 2010 and has nothing to do with insulting Islam.

She said that she was simply reminding people  to celebrate Eid al-Fitr – a holiday which marks the end of Ramadan and  literally means ‘the festival of breaking the fast’ – with animals and  humans.

The video has also sparked a debate over the  status of dogs in Islam, with many Muslims brought up in devout households  taught that dogs are scary and dirty – and that their saliva is  unclean.

Biscuits: It has been suggested that she could face up to five years in prison if charged and found guilty. But Maznah has claimed the video was filmed in 2010 and has nothing to do with insulting IslamBiscuits: It has been suggested that she could face up  to five years in prison if charged and found guilty. But Maznah has claimed the  video was filmed in 2010 and has nothing to do with insulting Islam

Reasoning: She said that she was simply reminding people to celebrate Eid al-Fitr - a holiday which marks the end of Ramadan and literally means 'the festival of breaking the fast' - with animals and humansReasoning: She said that she was simply reminding people  to celebrate Eid al-Fitr – a holiday which marks the end of Ramadan and  literally means ‘the festival of breaking the fast’ – with animals and  humans

But many Muslims around the world own dogs –  and while some argue that the animals should only be allowed for security and  hunting, others claim it is right to be kind to creatures on Earth.

Lawyer Latheefa Koya told Malaysia’s  Star newspaper that Maznah has admitted to  police that she is behind the video. Another of her lawyers said she will only  have to attend court in future if required.

‘If she fails to be present in court, she  will have to pay a fine of RM10,000 (£2,000),’ the lawyer, G. Visvanathan Nair,  told the Star.

The video, uploaded by a ‘Acaiseven Fiska’ to  YouTube last Monday, is entitled ‘menghina Islam . 1 hari di hari raya’ and has  been viewed more than 200,000 times.

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Stopping cholesterol drugs may be associated with increased risk of Parkinson’s

Contact: Rachel Seroka rseroka@aan.com 612-928-6129 American Academy of Neurology

MINNEAPOLIS – People who stop taking cholesterol drugs may be at an increased risk for developing Parkinson’s disease, according to research that appears in the July 24, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Previous studies on the relationship between cholesterol drugs called statins and the risk of Parkinson’s disease have had inconsistent results.

The current study involved 43,810 people in Taiwan who were taking statins and did not have Parkinson’s disease. Taiwan’s compulsory national health insurance program reimbursement policy requests that doctors stop prescribing statins once the patient’s cholesterol reaches the treatment goal, which is contrary to standard treatment in the United States.

“This policy allowed us to see whether there was any difference in the risk of Parkinson’s in people who stopped taking statins compared to the ones who kept taking them,” said study author Jou-Wei Lin, MD, PhD, of National Taiwan University in Taipei.

The study found a difference between two types of statins. The use of lipophilic, or fat-soluble, statins such as simvastatin and atorvastatin was associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s, while no such association was found for hydrophilic, or water-soluble, statins such as pravastatin and rosuvastatin.

Those who stopped taking the fat-soluble statins were 58 percent more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those who kept taking the drugs, an absolute risk of 2.65 cases per one million person-days. This result was consistent even after adjusting for other conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

The study also looked at how many people taking the two types of statins developed Parkinson’s disease, compared to the number of person-days spent on the medication to come up with an incidence rate. A total of 25 people taking fat-soluble statins developed Parkinson’s from a total of nearly 15 million person-days on the drugs, for a rate of 1.68 cases per one million person-days on the drugs. For the water-soluble statins, 14 people developed Parkinson’s from nearly four million person-days on the drugs, for a rate of 3.52 cases per one million person-days on the drugs.

“The fat-soluble statins are better able to cross the blood-brain barrier than the water-soluble statins,” Lin said.



The study was supported by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.

To learn more about Parkinson’s disease, please visit http://www.aan.com/patients.

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White House enlists Hollywood to help pitch ‘Obamacare’ to youth

Source: Reuters – Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:15 PM

Author: Reuters


By Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – Senior White House officials met with a group of Hollywood stars and entertainers on Monday to talk about how to use pop culture to persuade young Americans to sign up for new medical insurance coverage this fall.

For President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare reform law to succeed, the White House needs to attract 2.7 million younger consumers between the ages of 18 to 35, mostly male and non-white, to participate in new online health insurance exchanges.

Obama dropped by the meeting, which included comedian Amy Poehler, actor Jennifer Hudson, representatives for Oprah Winfrey and Alicia Keys and websites Funny or Die and YouTube.

“The reach of these national stars spreads beyond the Beltway to fans of their television shows, movies, and music – and the power of these artists to speak through social media is especially critical,” a White House official said.

Obamacare needs young, healthy people to register for the new health insurance plans to counterbalance older, sicker enrollees and hold down costs.

But first the government needs to overcome skepticism that the new plans are worthwhile.

The artists are interested in helping explain the health care law and the sign-up period, which begins Oct. 1, the White House said, and met with Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and other officials involved in rolling out the program.

Several stars have already begun to publicize the program. Funny or Die, a comedy video website with more than 19 million unique users per month and 6.4 million Twitter followers, is already working on several videos featuring celebrities, the White House said.

Earlier this year, the administration sought help from major U.S. sports organizations including the National Football League on advertising campaigns. But Republicans publicly warned the leagues to steer clear of the efforts, and the NFL backed off.

Republicans argue the law is too expensive and confusing, and the Republican-led House of Representatives has voted dozens of times to try to repeal it.  (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)



Russian Proton-M rocket crashes on takeoff / Nuclear Fuel Released

Published time: July 02, 2013 03:18
Edited time: July 02, 2013 04:18                                                                            

Screenshot from YouTube user Spaceflight101

A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying three navigation satellites crashed soon after takeoff from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome Tuesday morning.

Immediately after takeoff, the rocket swerved to one side, tried  to correct itself, but instead veered in the opposite direction.

The rocket flew horizontally before plummeting back to the launch  site, with its engines in full thrust.

There are no immediate reports of casualties.

The emergency ministry of Kazakhstan is considering evacuating  the surrounding areas as nuclear fuel which leaked from the  rocket could pose a threat to the surrounding area.

Experts point to engine failure as the likely cause of the crash.

“It’s either the control system or the engine that has caused  the accident. If the accident occurred in the first 10 to 20  seconds, than the engine is likely to be the cause,” a source  in the space agency told RIA.


High School teen facing terror charges and held on MILLION dollar bail after posting ‘threatening lyrics’ about Boston Marathon

EEV:  We are not talking direct threats, but word association. Take time watch the video’s that come afterwards.


By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 18:04 EST, 2 May  2013 |  UPDATED: 18:04  EST, 2 May 2013


A teenage aspiring rap artist may soon be in  hot water with the feds.

High school student Cameron D’Ambrosio of  Methuen, Massachusetts, faces up to 20 years in prison for felony charges of  communicating terrorist threats with bail set at $1 million, the town’s police  chief said Wednesday.

D’Ambrosio, 18, reportedly skipped classes  that day and was caught posting offensive lyrics on Facebook that included death  threats and references to the tragic Boston Marathon massacre.

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Big time charges: Cameron D'Ambrosio, 18, faces up to 20 years in prison for felony charges of communicating terrorist threats with bail set at $1 millionBig time charges: Cameron D’Ambrosio, 18, faces up to 20  years in prison for felony charges of communicating terrorist threats with bail  set at $1 million

Young criminal: D'Ambrosio, 18, reportedly skipped classes on Wednesday and was caught posting offensive lyrics on Facebook that included death threats and references to the tragic Boston Marathon massacreYoung criminal: D’Ambrosio, 18, reportedly skipped  classes on Wednesday and was caught posting offensive lyrics on Facebook that  included death threats and references to the tragic Boston Marathon  massacre

‘We took this very seriously,’ Methuen Police  Chief Joe Solomon told the Valley  Patriot. ‘He posted a threat in the  form of rap where he mentioned the White House, the Boston Marathon bombing, and  said ‘everybody you will see what I am going to do, kill people.’

The town’s superintendent of schools, Judy  Scannell, noted that another student at Methuen High School saw the posting on  Facebook and notified the school’s administration who in turn notified police.


‘We have to commend the Methuen High School  Student who came forward, we always say, if you see something, say something,  and that’s what this student did,’ she told the Patriot.

‘We also want to commend the school safety  officers and the administration for bringing this to our attention immediately.  Threats of this kind of violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated, not  in Methuen they won’t.’

Paraphernalia: Police found an Xbox video game system and a laptop upon searching D'Ambrosio¿s home 

Paraphernalia: Police found an Xbox video game system  and a laptop upon searching D’Ambrosio¿s home

Police found an Xbox video game system and a  laptop upon searching D’Ambrosio’s home. ‘Detectives are also looking deeper at  his Facebook page,’ the AP reported.

Solomon noted that the 18-year-old had  additionally disturbing photos and posts on his Facebook page including the  words, ‘F**k politics, F**k Obama and F**k the government!!’

D’Ambrosio also has an ‘unusual interest’ in  the Pixar movie Monsters University, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee & Smoothies  and Adalia Rose, a six-year-old Texas girl with the early-aging disease  Progeria, Gawker pointed out about his Facebook  page.

‘I do want to make clear he did not make a  specific threat against the school or any particular individuals but he did  threaten to kill a bunch of people and specifically mentioned the Boston  Marathon and the White House,’ Solomon told the Patriot.

‘The threat was disturbing enough for us to  act and I think our officers did the right thing.’ D’Ambrosio  was arraigned Thursday morning in Lawrence District Court.

Big trouble: D'Ambrosio was arraigned Thursday morning in Lawrence District CourtBig trouble: D’Ambrosio was arraigned Thursday morning  in Lawrence District Court

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Boston bombers: FBI hunting 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

21 Apr 2013 00:01

Police believe the pair were specially  trained to carry out the devastating attack

Covered boat: Fugitive was found in back yard
Covered boat: Fugitive was found in back yard

The FBI was last night hunting a 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to  the Boston  marathon bomb brothers.

Police believe Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were specially trained to carry  out the devastating attack.

More than 1,000 FBI operatives were last night working to track down the cell  and arrested a man and two women 60 miles from Boston in the hours before  Dzhokhar’s dramatic capture after a bloody shootout on Friday.

A source close to the investigation said: “We have no doubt the brothers were  not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were highly  sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from Google.

“They were too advanced. Someone gave the brothers the skills and it is now  our job to find out just who they were. Agents think the sleeper cell has up to  a dozen members and has been waiting several years for their day to come.”

A specialist team of CIA and FBI interrogators was yesterday flown to a  Boston hospital to grill wounded Dzhokhar, 19, about the secret group. The  University of Massachusetts student was caught on Friday after hiding out in a  boat parked in a garden in locked down Watertown the day after a gun battle with  police left his 26-year-old brother and a rookie cop dead.

Dzhokhar is said to have run his brother over as he escaped in a stolen car  while Tamerlan lay handcuffed on the ground. They were carrying six bombs with  them at the time, three of which ­exploded, as well as a handgun and rifle.  The devices were thought to be pipe bombs.

Last night Dzhokhar – badly wounded but alive – lay handcuffed to his  hospital bed under armed guard. The other three arrested in the port of New  Bedford are also believed to be of college age.

Still infrared image from police search of boat where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding
An aerial infrared image shows the outline of Dzhokhar hiding in the  boat



Dzhokhar even went to a college party two days after the bombs wreaked havoc  at the finish line. According to fellow students, he “looked relaxed” as he  joined in a party at the campus on Wednesday night.

Hours later he was involved in the shootout which saw his brother killed.

Investigators have begun piecing together how the “well-mannered” brothers of  Chechen origin were radicalised. Neighbours of the family said older brother  Tamerlan had recently become obsessed with Islam. He mysteriously left the US in  January last year to spend six months in Russia. Yesterday senior FBI  counter-terrorism official Kevin Brock said: “It’s a key thread for  investigators.”

It also emerged the Bureau interviewed Tamerlan two years ago, at the request  of the Russian government, but could not establish that he had ties to terrorist  radicals.

This was despite his worrying Russian-language YouTube page featuring links  to extremist Islamic sites and others since taken down by YouTube.

One link showed an hour-long speech by an Islamic teacher called Shaykh Feiz  Mohammed, while other videos are labled “Terrorists” and “Islam”.

The radical cleric, with links to extremist British Muslims, encouraged his  followers to become martyrs for Islam. He said: “Teach them this: There is  nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid.”

Yesterday the brothers’ mother Zubeidat, speaking from her home in Russia,  added further intrigue to her sons’ murky past when she claimed the boys had  been framed by the FBI over the two bombs last Monday that left three dead and  178 injured.

Chechen bombers: Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev at the  Boston Marathon



She claimed the FBI had been keeping watch on her eldest boy for up to five  years. She said: “They knew what my son was doing. They knew what sites on the  internet he was going to.

“They were telling me that he was really an extremist leader and that they  were afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets  from these extremist sites. They were controlling him.”

The bombers’ father Anzor wept at news that his youngest son had been  captured alive. In a phone interview with a US news channel he told his

son: “Tell police everything. Everything. Just be honest.”

US Government officials have said the brothers were not under surveillance as  possible militants. And an FBI statement said the matter was closed because  interviews with Tamerlan and family members “did not find any terrorism  activity, domestic or foreign”. But now they believe the pair, who emigrated to  the United States from Dagestan about a decade ago, were part of a terror  cell.

College dropout Tamerlan’s American wife Katherine Russell, 24, and their  three-year-old daughter Zahara were yesterday thrown into the spotlight. She was  a Christian before they married but converted to Islam. Her parents Warren, a  doctor, and Judith were said to be “stunned” by their son-in-law’s involvement  in the tragedy.

Judith and Warren issued a joint statement saying: “Our daughter has lost her  husband today, the father of her child. In the aftermath of the Patriot’s Day  horror, we know we never really knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Our hearts are sickened  by the horror he has inflicted.”

Katherine, wearing a black hijab, was picked up by FBI agents at their home  in Cambridge near Boston on Friday. Dope-smoker Dzhokhar was captured after a  Watertown resident called police to say the fugitive was hiding in a boat in his  back garden.

David Henneberry had gone into his garden for a cigarette after police lifted  restrictions on people leaving their homes, believing the bomber had left the  area. He noticed that the cover over his boat had blood on it and a strap had  been cut. He went back into the house to get a stepladder and looked inside.

His stepson Robert said: “He stuck his head under the tarp and noticed a pool  of blood and something crumpled up in a ball. Instead of being a hero of the  moment and yelling at what we now know was the suspect, he did the right thing  and called 911.”

Police immediately evacuated the family and surrounded the house, using a  megaphone to tell Dzhokhar to come out with his hands up.

When he failed to respond they opened fire at the boat’s hull. Robert said:  “They wound up ­shooting a couple of rounds through the boat. He wasn’t  going to like that.”

Dzhokhar was wounded by the volley of gunfire and police were able to move in  and arrest him. They later released infrared pictures taken from a helicopter  showing Dzhokhar hiding in the boat.

Investigators will interrogate the bomber, still seriously ill last night,  without reading him his rights – using special “public safety” powers.

The family of eight-year-old bombing victim Martin Richard welcomed the  arrest of Tsarnaev. “Our community is once again safe from these men,” the  family said in a statement.

Shortly before Dzhokhar’s capture, President Obama spoke by phone to Russian  President Vladimir Putin. The White House said Obama “praised the close  co-operation the US has received from Russia on counter-terrorism, including in  the wake of the Boston attack”.

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Video footage appears to show dozens of people stealing marathon merchandise in the aftermath of Boston bombings

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 18:24 EST, 17  April 2013 |  UPDATED: 19:19 EST, 17 April 2013

Video footage from the aftermath of the  Boston Marathon bombings appears to show dozens of people stealing merchandise  that was meant for runners who finished the race.

In the video, people can be seen swarming  cardboard boxes full of merchandise, swiping blue and yellow jackets.

Some people are seen stuffing multiple  jackets into bags while others seem more selective, picking up a jacket –  perhaps to check the sizing – and then swapping it out for another.

Stealing? Video footage from the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings appears to show dozens of people stealing merchandise that was meant for runners who finished the race

Stealing? Video footage from the aftermath of the Boston  Marathon bombings appears to show dozens of people stealing merchandise that was  meant for runners who finished the race

Some people are seen stuffing multiple jackets into bags while others seem more selective, picking up a jacket - perhaps to check the sizing - and then swapping it out for another

Some people are seen stuffing multiple jackets into bags  while others seem more selective, picking up a jacket – perhaps to check the  sizing – and then swapping it out for another

The boxes and the tent where they had been  housed had apparently been abandoned in the aftermath of the twin bombings,  which detonated near the finish line of the marathon Monday, killing three  people and injuring more than 170.

YouTube and Reddit users have posted footage  of the apparent looting online in an effort to publicize the faces of the people  who may have swiped the merchandise.

‘There’s a special place in hell for people  like that,’ wrote one user.

Others argued that perhaps they were bringing  the jackets to help warm injured runners.

Questionable: In the video, people can be seen swarming cardboard boxes full of merchandise, swiping blue and yellow jackets.

Questionable: In the video, people can be seen swarming  cardboard boxes full of merchandise, swiping blue and yellow jackets.

YouTube and Reddit users have posted footage of the apparent looting online in an effort to publicize the faces of the people who may have swiped the merchandise

YouTube and Reddit users have posted footage of the  apparent looting online in an effort to publicize the faces of the people who  may have swiped the merchandise

One user claimed to have been at the scene  depicted in the video and said ‘they were giving [the jackets] away to comfort  injured.’

‘Yes, some people took advantage of it, what  can you do, but it’s not looting what you see,’ the user wrote.

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Alien insects devouring Chelyabinsk snow (VIDEO)

Alien insects devouring Chelyabinsk snow (VIDEO)

Screenshot: “YouTube”

Alien insects that travelled across the space on the famous Chelyabinsk meteorite will help the Russian city to clear deep snows.

 Shocking video from Chelyabinsk


 Another snowstorm swept Moscow on April 1 as bitter frosts still grip the majority of Russian regions. There is a hope however that the snow may be dealt away with by a swamp of tiny hopping aliens.

 A video showing insects the size of a match head crawling over Chelyabinsk snow and eating it has been circulated over the Russian internet segment after the meteorite strike.

 Russian military and emergency services haven’t commented on the footage shot by a Chelyabinsk resident, Konstantin Gladkov, who has uploaded it to YouTube.

 A significant drop in snow levels has meanwhile been reported in the meteor-hit city, with a third of all snow having mysteriously disappeared since March 17.

 Voice of Russia

What Exactly Is Inside Cypriot Banks? / Almost all Money

Published on Mar 27, 2013

March 27 (Bloomberg) — On today’s “Single Best Chart,” Scarlet Fu looks at assets inside Cypriot banks. She speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg) — For more “Bloomberg Surveillance” videos: http://bloom.bg/LGz8Mc — Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Bloomberg


Syrian rebels say seize UN convoy



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Syrian rebels say they have seized a convoy of United Nations observers near the Golan Heights, according to a video posted on the Internet site YouTube on Thursday by a violence monitoring group.

A man saying he was from the “Martyrs of Yarmouk” brigade said the convoy would not be released until forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad withdrew from the village of Jamla.

He stood in front of a two white armoured vehicles and a truck with “UN” written on them. At least three people in the video were wearing United Nations light blue helmets while bullet-proof vests were visible in the vehicles.

Voice of RUssia, Reuters


Beliebers start Twitter hate campaign against English schoolgirl who criticised Justin Bieber

EEV: I am not a fan of  Justin Bieber either, come and get me too.

Beliebers jealous after retweet from 19-year-old popstar

James Legge

Monday, 4 March 2013

A 15-year-old girl has become victim of an international Twitter hate mob after she was retweeted by Justin Bieber.

Last month Courtney Barrasford, from Hampshire, tweeted: “Not really a fan of Justin Bieber but his acoustic album is really good!”

This got a retweet from the man himself, prompting envious vitriol from some of his 34 million followers.

Barrasford was soon receiving messages from the star’s fans- also known as ‘Beliebers’- calling her a “whore” and saying “go kill yourself”.

@iLaYdA tweeted at both Barrasford and Bieber, asking: “You RT (retweet) that and u don’t even know I exist and I’m a belieber I can’t I want to die kill me I can’t AAAAH.”

And another fan of the 19-year-old pop star wrote: “I am a Belieber of him since 2009 and he didn’t notice me. And you’re not even a f*****g fan. You get noticed. OMG (Oh my God).”

Another wrote to Bieber: “U notice her n she’s not even a fan. I am but you won’t notice me 🙂 Can anyone hear me crying?”

But it wasn’t all ill feeling. Some Beliebers offered Barrasford support.

@BelieberFann tweeted: “Peace & Love to you from a fan of Justin Bieber!,” and @CassainityBiebs- whose Twitter biography calls Bieber and his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez her “idols”- tweeted: “Wow I’m sorry for the way some of Justin’s fans are treating you. There are some good ones tho.. I hope you’re ok!”

Courtney said: “I came back from a drama class where everyone had been going on about how good Justin Bieber’s acoustic album was. So I went on to YouTube to listen to it and then put my comment up.

“About ten minutes later my friend sent me a message to say she had noticed something on Twitter. It wasn’t too bad at first. But then it started to get worse as more people found out.”



CCTVandalism: ‘Camover’ game pokes Big Brother’s eye in Germany

Published: 16 February, 2013, 16:45

Scores and bonuses for destroying CCTV cameras – that’s what you get if you play a new ‘reality-game’ in Germany. The ‘Camover’ movement is spreading across the country, despite the fact that there’s no real prize.

­To participate in Camover, players form a team and give it a name – the ‘brigade’ part seems to be a must – and then go around town destroying CCTV cameras. The process has to be taped and posted online. Each team gets point for the number of destroyed cameras, as well as for creativity of execution.

The players are clear about their goals: “Although we call it a game, we are quite serious about it: Our aim is to destroy as many cameras as possible and to have an influence on video surveillance in our cities,” the creator of Camover told the Guardian.

Photo from anarchistnews.org
Photo from anarchistnews.org

­The competition ends on February 19, when European Police Congress is to be held in Berlin. There is no real prize for the winner, except for being put in front lines of the protests planned for the days prior to the congress. Still, scores of ‘camoverians’ have already joined ‘the race’. Online Camover page keeps track of all the teams. It’s been quite a challenge, however, to keep track of the very game’s homepage, as it is continually being shut down.

All players are anonymous, and mostly dress in black and cover their faces. They move in quickly, and then immediately disappear. Police have so far been unable to catch any of the CCTV attackers.

“It’s not an organized group that is causing these crimes. They are some people from the left wing of the political corner. They call for competition in this city, to try and get others involved in destroying cameras,” Stefan Redlich of the Berlin police told RT. “I don’t think it’s Big Brother watching. We have strict laws in Germany. Only the ground you own can be protected with a camera. You are not allowed to point the camera at the public street.”

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Still from YouTube video/ernst benda

­Germany has strict personal image rights laws – global tech giant Google was forced to censor the faces of anyone whose picture was taken on their street view service, RT’s Peter Oliver reported.

The ‘Camover’ message has resonated not just in German society, but across the Western world. The number of CCTVs in public is increasing, especially the young, see it as a threat to their freedoms. The most-surveilled country in Europe is Britain, an example that not everyone in Germany wants to follow.

The amount of CCTV is on the rise, it’s not as bad as in some countries for example the UK where millions of cameras have been installed, but it is certainly increasing,” Andreas Bogk from the Pirate Party of Germany told RT. “We do support the message [of Camover], but we are not supporters of violence, even it it’s violence against things, this violence we don’t support.

Once a local trend, Camover has now gone global, with ‘brigades’ reporting successes from all over the world. The newest teams have been formed in US, one of which, the’Barefoot Bandit Brigade,’ claimed to have destroyed 17 CCTV cameras in a move of “concrete sabotage against the system of surveillance and control.”

Still from YouTube video
Still from YouTube video

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Meteorite hits Russian Urals: Fireball explosion wreaks havoc, up to 500 injured

Published: 15 February, 2013, 08:36 Edited: 15 February, 2013, 13:07

Russia’s Urals region has been rocked by a meteorite explosion in the stratosphere. The impact wave damaged several buildings, and blew out thousands of windows amid frigid winter weather. Hundreds are seeking medical attention for minor injuries.


Eyewitness accounts of the meteorite phenomenon, handpicked by RT.

According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. A missile salvo blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers, local newspaper Znak reports quoting a source in the military.

­A meteorite is a solid piece of debris from space objects such as asteroids or comets, ranging in size from tiny to gigantic.

When a meteorite falls on Earth, passing through the atmosphere causes it to heat up and emit a trail of light, forming a fireball known as a meteor, or shooting or falling star.

A bright flash was seen in the Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Sverdlovsk regions, Russia’s Republic of Bashkiria and in northern Kazakhstan.

Up to 500 people sought medical attention as a result of the  incident,  according to the Russian Interior Ministry. No serious  injuries have  been reported, with most of the injuries caused by broken  glass and  minor concussions.

The Russian army has joined the rescue operation. Army units are searching for meteorite debris in several places, including an area near a military base next to Chebarkul Lake, west of Chelyabinsk. Another search area is 80 kilometers further to the northwest, near the town of Kusa.

Military units are also searching for possible debris in the neighboring Tyumen region.

Radiation, chemical and biological protection units have been put on high alert. Since the explosion occurred several kilometers above the Earth, a large ground area must be thoroughly checked for radiation and other threats.

At least one piece of the fallen object caused damage on the ground in Chelyabinsk. According to preliminary reports, it crashed into a wall near a zinc factory, disrupting the city’s Internet and mobile service.

The Emergency Ministry reported that 20,000 rescue workers are operating in the region. Three aircraft were deployed to survey the area and locate other possible impact locations.

Witnesses said the explosion was so loud that it seemed like an earthquake and thunder had struck at the same time, and that there were huge trails of smoke across the sky. Others reported seeing burning objects fall to earth.

Police in the Chelyabinsk region are reportedly on high alert, and have begun ‘Operation Fortress’ in order to protect vital infrastructure.

Office buildings in downtown Chelyabinsk are being evacuated. Injuries were reported at one of the city’s secondary schools, supposedly from smashed windows.

An emergency message published on the website of the Chelyabinsk regional authority urged residents to pick up their children from school and remain at home if possible.

Those in Chelyabinsk who had their windows smashed are scrambling to cover the openings with anything available – the temperature in the city is currently -6°C.

Chelyabinsk regional governor Mikhail Yurevich is urgently returning to the region. Yurevich said that preserving the city’s central heating system is authorities’ primary goal.

“Do not panic, this is an ordinary situation we can manage in a couple of days,” the governor said in and address to city residents.

Background radiation levels in Chelyabinsk remain unchanged, the Emergency Ministry reported.

Local zinc factory was damaged the severest, some of its walls collapsing (Photo from Twitter.com user @TimurKhorev)
Local zinc factory was damaged the severest, some of its walls collapsing (Photo from Twitter.com user @TimurKhorev)

Screenshot from YouTube user Gregor Grimm
Screenshot from YouTube user Gregor Grimm

The regional Emergency Ministry said the phenomenon was a meteorite shower, but locals have speculated that it was a military fighter jet crash or a missile explosion.

“According to preliminary data, the flashes seen over the Urals were caused by [a] meteorite shower,” the Emergency Ministry told Itar-Tass news agency.

The ministry also said that no local power stations or civil aircraft were damaged by the meteorite shower, and that “all flights proceed according to schedule.”

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who also oversees the Russian defense industry, wrote on Twitter that he would speak with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev about the incident in the Urals.

“On Monday I will bring to Medvedev a straight picture of what has happened in the Urals and prospective proposals of how the country can find out about the dangers approaching Earth and deal with them,” Rogozin wrote.

Residents of the town of Emanzhilinsk, some 50 kilometers from Chelyabinsk, said they saw a flying object that suddenly burst into flames, broke apart and fell to earth, and that a black cloud had been seen hanging above the town. Witnesses in Chelyabinsk said the city’s air smells like gunpowder.

Screenshot from YouTube user Gregor Grimm
Screenshot from YouTube user Gregor Grimm

Residents across the Urals region were informed about the incident through a cellphone text message from the regional Emergency Ministry.

Many locals reported that the explosion rattled their houses and smashed windows.

“This explosion, my ears popped, windows were smashed… phone doesn’t work,”Evgeniya Gabun wrote on Twitter.

“My window smashed, I am all shaking! Everybody says that a plane crashed,” Twitter user Katya Grechannikova reported.

“My windows were not smashed, but I first thought that my house is being dismantled, then I thought it was a UFO, and my eventual thought was an earthquake,” Bukreeva Olga wrote on Twitter.

The Mayak nuclear complex near the town of Ozersk was not affected by the incident, according to reports. Mayak, one of the world’s biggest nuclear facilities that used to house plutonium production reactors and a reprocessing plant, is located 72 kilometers northwest of Chelyabinsk.

It is believed that the incident may be connected to asteroid 2012 DA14, which measures 45 to 95 meters in diameter and will be passing by Earth tonight at around 19:25 GMT at the record close range of 27,000 kilometers.

Photo from Twitter.com user @varlamov
Photo from Twitter.com user @varlamov


Another Tunguska event?

The incident in Chelyabinsk bears a strong resemblance to the 1908 Tunguska event – an exceptionally powerful explosion in Siberia believed to have been caused by a fragment of a comet or meteor.

According to estimates, the energy of the Tunguska blast may have been as high as 50 megatons of TNT, equal to a nuclear explosion. Some 80 million trees were leveled over a 2,000-square-kilometer area. The Tunguska blast remains one of the most mysterious events in history, prompting a wide array of hypotheses on its cause, including a black hole passing through Earth and the wreck of an alien spacecraft.

It is believed that if the Tunguska event had happened 4 hours later, due to the rotation of the Earth it would have completely destroyed the city of Vyborg and significantly damaged St. Petersburg.

When a similar, though less powerful, unexplained explosion happened in Brazil in 1930, it was named the ‘Brazilian Tunguska.’ The Tunguska event also prompted debate and research into preventing or mitigating asteroid impacts.

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Photo from Twitter.com user @znak_com
Photo from Twitter.com user @znak_com

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An arachnophobe’s worst nightmare? It’s ‘raining spiders’ in Brazil

‘Social spider’ species is known for its ‘sheet webs’

Saturday 09 February 2013

In scenes which will haunt anyone with an aversion our eight-legged friends, hundreds of spiders have begun dangling from telegraph poles in the southern Brazilian town of Santo Antônio da Platina.

Footage posted online on Friday shows the fairly sizable arachnids, identified as Anelosimus eximius, in one massive web.

A local biologist told Gawker that the “social spider” species is known for its very big colonies and “sheet webs,” and said such a mass dangling is “normal.”

The species normally inhabits tropical environments throughout South America.

Scientists say social spiders work in teams to catch their prey.


Egypt bans YouTube over Innocence of Muslims video

Published: 9 February, 2013, 20:01 Edited: 9 February, 2013, 20:01


An Egyptian court has ruled to ban video sharing portal YouTube for one month among the other websites hosting the controversial film trailer that mocked Islam and Prophet Mohammed.

­Egypt’s administrative court on Saturday ordered the authorities to block access to YouTube and other websites that have not removed the anti-Islamic trailer. The 14-minute clip made in the US was posted to YouTube in July 2012.

After having been translated into Arabic and partly broadcasted in Egypt last September, this low-budget film sparked a wave of outrage worldwide and anti-American protests in the Middle East that killed more than 70 people and injured hundreds.

The lawsuit against YouTube was filed by Egyptian attorney Hamed Salem amid accusations of the video-sharing service being a “threat to social peace.” Salem demanded YouTube and social media sites linking to the “insulting” video to be banned until all the anti-Islamic content is removed from them.

Egyptian protest movements have condemned the ban, calling YouTube a “vital resource for disseminating information about Human Rights abuses by the security forces,” Cairo-based journalist Bel Trew told RT on Saturday.

The Google-owned service had decided to temporarily block access to The Innocence of Muslims in specific countries, including Egypt and Libya. However, Google refused to remove the video, saying it didn’t violate YouTube’s community guidelines. YouTube still does not consider the film as hate speech towards Muslims, despite the Obama administration’s request to “reconsider” its status.

Recently, an Egyptian court upheld its decision that sentenced seven alleged makers of the film with death, and American pastor Terry Jones with jail term in absentia. Other countries such as Pakistan have taken legal action to suspend a list of Google services until the anti-Islamic video is removed.

Following the violent reaction to the film, to which the Benghazi attack that killed US ambassador in Libya was also initially attributed, a 55-year old US resident identified as a key filmmaker was arrested and sentenced to jail by an American court.

Egypt-born Coptic Christian Mark Bassely Youssef was sentenced to a year in prison and four years of supervised release after pleading guilty to four of the eight charges against him. A US-based Christian charity is said to have funded The Innocence of Muslims, which also portrayed the persecution of Copts in Egypt.



North Korea release video showing US city in flames

‘9/11 style’ clip posted on YouTube by rogue state  shows ‘the nest of wickedness’ ablaze

LAST UPDATED AT 15:33 ON Tue 5 Feb  2013

NORTH KOREA has posted a YouTube video showing a sleeping youth dreaming of  an unidentified American city in flames as the pop hit We Are The  World plays.

The eerie clip was uploaded to YouTube by the rogue state’s official website  Uriminzokkiri. It emerged hours after a warning that North Korea was planning a  new nuclear test.

The three-minute animated video begins innocently as its young subject boards  a rocket and journeys into space. As he orbits around the earth, the camera  zooms in on various countries.

Then a close-up of US flag appears before we cut to a city on fire, with  skyscrapers crumbling in scenes described by The Guardian as “reminiscent of 9/11”.

The caption, in North Korean, reads: “Somewhere in the United States, black  clouds of smoke are billowing. It seems that the nest of wickedness is  ablaze.”

At end of the clip, says the Daily Telegraph, a caption tells us that the young man’s  dream will “surely come true”. Another caption reads: “Despite all kinds of  attempts by imperialists to isolate and crush us… never will anyone be able to  stop the people marching toward a final victory.”

Earlier today Kim Sook, South Korea’s ambassador to the UN, said a North  Korea nuclear test appeared imminent.

Read more:  http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/north-korea/51365/north-korea-release-video-showing-us-city-flames#ixzz2K2ggvWLW